camouflage

Can you see me?

No?

How about now?

This Eastern Garter snake is non venomous and a pest predator. I enjoyed seeing it hanging out behind my new herb bed.  I have (had?) a resident vole that moved in and stayed for the past three months.  Although, I haven’t seen the Garter snake or the vole for a couple of weeks…  🙂

Learn more about Eastern Garter snakes:  CLICK HERE

 

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11 thoughts on “camouflage

  1. shoreacres says:

    What a fun visitor. I found a nice little snake at a nature center a few weeks ago. It still was cool enough in the evenings that I suspect it was sunning itself on the concrete where I found it. I’m not so sympathetic to our rattlers, cottonmouths, and so on, but I do hate that people freak out over non-venomous snakes like this. Nice “capture.”

    • Lynda says:

      I only freak out when they *surprise me, Linda. I give poisonous snakes a wide berth of course! I am always sad when the only seeming option other people take is to kill the snake. Like them or not they have a job to do.

      *My brother’s pet snake disappeared one fall and in the middle of winter I found it in the bottom of my craft drawer! I think it was as surprised as I was!

    • Lynda says:

      Kate, what a beautiful snake! I think I would be a bit intimidated due to its size. I had a friend in California who taught in HS. She kept a lot of reptiles in her science class. One was a very large python. One night a student broke in and stole the snake! By the time she got it back it had been so overfed that it had grown another foot and a half. Because of this she had to declare and apply for a license to keep the zoo sized specimen. She had to hang a sign on her classroom door declaring it to be a zoo!

      • katechiconi says:

        That size definitely had a double-meaning… I don’t mind pythons, and they do a great job of reptile control, but you have to keep them out of the hen-house or they’ll eat the eggs.

    • Lynda says:

      Lori, me too, but I think it dispatched the vole and is now making the circuit in the pasture. I am relieved at that because our yards are filled with fledglings: Robin red breast; Bluebirds; and soon the Blue Jays!

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